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Today’s Secret Blogger is annoyed about the number of PRs and brands who expect bloggers to promote their products for free.
the secret blogger says…
I’ve been blogging for forever. I’ve had a number of blogs over the years but would often get bored with them, not truly interested in the topic or frustrated because of the lack of followers. Then, a few years ago, I decided to go for an entire lifestyle change and quit my job and focused entirely on being a professional blogger.
My family thought I was gormless. “But look at all the other failed blogs you’ve had!” they spat. And rightfully so. At the time I decided to ditch everything and focus just on blogging, I had had six blog failures under my belt. Not an easy number to overcome.
But I was determined.
So I worked hard. I mean I worked really hard. Just as hard as anyone else with a full-time job works. I spend no less than eight hours on my blog Monday to Friday and two hours on Sundays. Saturdays and most of Sunday are my days off. Just like anyone else. See, it’s a proper job. I average between 3000 and 5000 views a day and I regularly work with international brands developing recipes and doing product reviews and generally working my arse off.
I have put money into my blog and I have lost money because of it. I have had to budget quite tightly in the beginning when the work was slow to come and no one wanted to work with me because I only had 20 followers on Facebook and less than that on Twitter.
Today I have over 2000 followers on all of my social media platforms. The issue I have is when brands, businesses, PRs, companies and other bloggers see my success and try to leech off it. My followers follow me because of my blog. Not because of the cool products I get for free on a monthly basis. There’s nothing more annoying than when other PRs and brands get upset if I refuse to do anything for free. The number of times I’m approached each week to promote a contest or product is astounding. And about 40% of those come with no incentive.
Please tell me, PRs of the world, why in the hell should I just turn over my followers to you so you can spam them simply because you ask? I have put the hard work into my blog. I have earned these followers and it has cost me. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to demand some type of compensation when we work together. Many PRs and brands seem to think they’re doing bloggers a favour by telling them of the latest competition or product review. You’re not.
There will ALWAYS be something for us to blog about without your competitions and products. You wouldn’t appreciate it if I walked into your shop and said, “I have a lot of friends who’ll see this product. Let me have it for free.” You would ask me to leave unless I gave you some money in exchange.
I’m not saying you have to pay me in cash, but some type of incentive would be nice. Please acknowledge that blogging doesn’t happen overnight. That followers don’t just appear on blogs. That we work hard to earn the trust of our readers and we work hard to keep it. We put hours in that we are rarely paid for.
So the next time you have a cool competition or prize, consider the blogger you are hoping to work with. Compensate them fairly for their time and their hard work. Don’t just assume that you’re going to get something for free.
With thanks to our secret blogger.
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